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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. destroyer harassed by Iranian naval ships

WASHINGTON — Four ships from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed a U.S. destroyer near the Persian Gulf in what the U.S. Navy called an “unsafe and unprofessional” interaction.

The USS Nitze, an Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer, was transiting international waters near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday when the four Iranian vessels approached at high speed and failed to respond to 12 separate radio communications, according to Cdr. William Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

The USS Nitze blew its whistle in five short blasts on three occasions — signaling the Iranian vessels were on a dangerous course — and fired off 10 flares in the direction of the approaching ships before altering course to avoid a potential collision, Urban said.

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